in the coming months as foreign troops draw dawn u.s. president barack obama announced this week that another 34,000 american service personnel would return home over the next year and surprisingly, for the ultra conservative society, female afghan soldiers will play a key role, filling the vacuum. the afghan army has been training female special forces since 2011. out of the army's 195,000 recruits, more than 1,000 are women. the first females to join a special forces unit says she and her colleagues are up to the task. >> translator: i think women share the same work ethic as men, but women have to use our abilities and work shoulder to shoulder with our brothers. i don't think it's a difficult job. women shouldn't be scared to join the army. >> army night raids are essential to capture insurgents hiding in private homes often alongside women and children. female soldiers are critical to the success of these operations. >> translator: after we finish our clearing duties during night operations, female soldiers can go in and search the women and children, so the young ones don't get too scared.